The Chairman’s Bao

Chinese immersion with graded news

A Mandarin learning product with roots at the University of Leeds!

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The Chairman's Bao. Chinese immersion with graded news.

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Sean McGibney and Oliver Leach from The Chairman's Bao joined us for an online talk on 17 March.

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Ollie and Sean, two young men in sunglasses, with illustrated quotes from the article and a title saying The Chairman's Bao.

University of Leeds alumnus Sean McGibney co-founded The Chairman's Bao while studying for his Mandarin and Spanish degree. We're proud that this successful Mandarin learning product has roots here at the University of Leeds, and value the alignment of lessons and HSK levels. On this page you can access sample lessons to try and an discount code to use if you decide to sign up.

More about The Chairman's Bao


The most comprehensive online news-based graded reader for students of Chinese, forming a part of teaching in over 300 global Mandarin teaching Institutions.


Dependable. Highly experienced native writing team, all with teaching backgrounds. Content is guaranteed by a stringent 7-point editorial process.


Volume and Variety. 1,600 lessons published every year across 15 categories, with a library of over 6,500 lessons. Tailored to popular curricula including: HSK, IB, IGCSE, GCSE, Pre-U. New Chinese Legends and Beginner Video series now available!


Inspire self-motivated study. Engaging content that encourages students to study little and often, facilitated by cross-platform integration (Website and App).

Discount code

If you want more after trying the sample lessons on this page, we’ve got a deal for you!

The Chairman’s Bao are offering a discount on the first transaction you make through their website if you are BCI students or alumni.

Please contact us at for the discount code!

Turning your interest in Chinese into a business

We spoke to Sean and Ollie from The Chairman’s Bao to learn more about their Mandarin-learning journeys, what it’s like running a business and the philosophy behind how the app works.

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Sample lessons

We have curated a selection of lessons for you to try. These have been unlocked on the site so you can access the full features!

Chinese girl goes from student to Sichuan cuisine chef in Italy / 中国女孩在意大利做四川菜
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Young boy delivers food in toy truck in UK / 三岁的小男孩开小"卡车"给人们送吃的
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Why Chinese is a fun language to learn, but also extremely important / 学汉语不只为了好玩,还很重要
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Mandarin fever boosts Chinese inbound tourism / 汉语热推动来华旅游
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Mandarin surpasses German for student's choice in UK A-levels / 汉语首超德语成英国A-level热门科目
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China's TV broadcasters struggle to compete with rise of short video platforms / 短视频平台蓬勃发展给中国地方电视台带来严重威胁
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